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12 Surprising Ways to Use Old Mini Blinds

  • Use blinds to draw straight on a curve
  • Use old mini blinds to spread glue
  • woven basket made of blinds
  • Chandelier made from mini blidns

When you upgrade window treatments, the old blinds don’t have to go straight to the trash. Nor do your free blinds samples that you order when picking out your favorite color.

Some scrap metal and recycling centers accept window blinds, but we got a few ideas for repurposing them around the house after reading this article.


1. Clean Up Crumbs

Like a waiter at a fancy restaurant, use a small aluminum blind slat piece to scoop crumbs off of the table.


2. Pick Up (The Tape) Where You Left Off

Don’t waste time trying to find the end of the tape. A small mini blinds piece will hold your place and doesn’t waste tape like folding over the end does.


3. Draw A Straight Line Around a Curve

Because slats are flexible, they can wrap around chair legs or curves and keep a straight line.

Use blinds to draw straight on a curve

4. Rescue Out-Of-Reach Items

Use a long mini blind slat to swipe lost items out from between cabinets or under furniture.


5. Create A Pour Spout

Tuck a small strip into the mouth of a jar or bottle for instant pourability.


6. Clean Paint Can Grooves

When you’re finished with your painting project, get extra paint back in the can with a mini blinds “scoop.”


7. Spread Out Glue

Whether you’re in the workshop or crafting with the kids, a blinds slat acts as the perfect spreader and keeps fingers clean.

Use old mini blinds to spread glue

8. Make Garden Markers

Never mix up parsley and cilantro again! Blinds become reusable garden labels with a little chalkboard paint.

Watch the video to see how it’s done.

Chalkboard garden marker from blinds slat plant

9. Paint Inside The Lines

Old mini blinds are a great replacement for painters tape when you are doing quick painting touch ups. Use one slat at a time and switch out for a dry one on each new section.

Painting tip with blinds slats

10. Weave A Storage Box

Old vinyl mini blinds can be woven into useful baskets. Follow these step-by-step instructions.

woven basket made of blinds

11. Make A Funky Chandelier

An artist made this curly chandelier from aluminum blinds on TLC’s Craft Wars. Learn how to make one of your own.

Chandelier made from mini blidns

12. Make A Starburst Mirror

Talk about trash to treasure! Turn 5 sets of mini blinds into stylish wall art with this tutorial.

Starburst mirror made from mini blinds


Tried these ideas but still have tons of blinds left? Learn how to recycle blinds and shades responsibly.

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About Author

Abigail Sawyer

Abigail Sawyer is a Social Media Marketer for Blinds.com. As a newlywed, she’s on the hunt to outfit a new home with all things handmade, preppy and eclectic. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Chat with her on twitter @BlindsDotCom + @whatabigailsaw and support her rampant pinning habit at @BlindsDotCom + @whatabigailsaw.


  1. Does anyone have a suggestion on what kind of blinds to use in a primitive style house?

  2. Fred M. Gillette Reply

    I use the mini blind slats when doing laminate work. You can carry a bundle of them with one hand and I have long ago paid for them.

  3. Liza Weaver Reply

    When weaving on a loom, I put them after one item and before the next to hold the spacing until fringe can be tied.

  4. Brenda Ragland Logan Reply

    Some of these are super

  5. Baskets! Love the basket idea…and the paint tips, and the starburst mirror, and yea…maybe even the chandelier.

  6. Anonymous Reply

    Uugh, not sure if some of these justify keeping an old set of miniblinds around, but one tip I will add, is when trimming the length off new aluminum blinds, I'll always leave them a bit long. These bottom strips that never separate, usually remain tightly stacked, and well preserved. In time, as the "active" blinds bend, break, or krinkle I'll have those extra "stacked" strips available to replace with any damaged ones. This way, I'll avoid the need to buy a new set, and thus avoid seeking uses for an old set altogether! (When using the reserve strips, you'll need to trim the excess string off, leaving them with a more precise fit with the window.)

  7. Fantastic ideas on reusing your window blinds. I especially like the Starburst Wall Mirror and Chandelier.

  8. Love these! My favorites are using them as a straight edge on curved surfaces, plant markers, "quickie painters tape", and the chandelier!

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